General Education Minister Dennis Wanchinga has said improving learning materials in Zambia is an integral aspect of fostering development in the teaching environment and so all teachers will be massively transferred across the country before the end of 2018.
Dr. Wanchinga said the transfer of teachers from one town to the other is aimed at reducing residence monotony for teachers that have overstayed in one part of the country and warned that any teacher who will resit government policy will be put off payroll and be replaced by teachers on the waiting lists.
Dr. Wanchinga has since urged teachers in the public service to cooperate with his Ministry as a way of elevating the education standards in Zambia. “We don’t expect any teacher to resit massive transfers. We are almost done with Copperbelt Province and will soon be hitting other provinces”, he said.
“Teachers in the public service to cooperate with his Ministry as a way of elevating the education standards in Zambia” Dr. Wanchinga said. The Education Minister said since called on the Provincial Education Officers (PEO) to transfer all secondary school teachers from one district to the other, especially those who have stayed at one district for more than 5 years. He explained that Primary School Teachers will also be transferred by the District Education Board Secretaries (DEBS) from one remote school to a township school and vise versa to ensure that all primary school teachers experience both town and village lives. The PEOs and the DEBS to be transferred from one province to the other across the country. “There will be no one who will be left out”, he said.
He warned resisting teachers against producing medical reports. “We will not entertain any medical reports with regards to transfers. It is whether you leave the fraternity or follow our policies. All teachers will be massively transferred with or without medical/sick reports. We are sweeping across Zambia”, he said.
Meanwhile, Teacher unions have called for a halt on the recent spate mass transfers of teachers in Zambia.
Secondary School Teachers’ Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) Vice president Kennedy Zyangale says the mass transfers of teachers has an effect on teachers’ social lives.
Zyangale says the abrupt transfers of teachers also disturbs the learners’ academia, adding that the transfers have torn apart the teachers’ families.
“The mass transfers of teachers has an effect on teachers’ social lives” Zyangale said.